Education with Dual Certification in Grades Prek-4 and Special Education(N-8) at Messiah College
Messiah’s dual certification in Early Childhood and Special Education means you’ll have increased opportunities for employment in both areas.
Completion of your dual teaching certification requirements in Pre-K and Special Education will qualify you to work in a regular educational setting in Pre K-4 or as a special education teacher in preschools, elementary schools and middle schools. If you have a passion for teaching a broad age range of students with diverse learning needs, this major may be for you.
At Messiah, you’ll have extensive opportunities for supervised field work in a variety of school, classroom and demographic settings as both a regular and special educator.
These experiences make our students highly competitive candidates for employment. School administrators who interview and hire our graduates give consistently positive feedback about the instructional design skills of our students.
Early childhood and special education major distinctives
As an early childhood and special education major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- Create a professional portfolio for potential employers.
- Become familiar with and administer standardized tests.
- Study abroad to compare education in other cultures.
- Elect to do a department Honors project.
- Arrange for a field experience available from more than 25 school districts.
- Take advantage of the flexible program which allows participation in co-curricular activities such as athletics and theatre.
Career options for early childhood and special education majors
As a graduate of the early childhood and special education program, students are equipped to secure positions such as:
- Public or private school teacher
- Nonprofit human service agency worker
- Graduate student
Internship and teaching opportunities for early childhood and special education majors
Messiah helps place students in a variety of early childhood and special education field experiences. A few examples include:
- Local public school class observations
- Junior-level field experience designing and implementing instructional plans
- Senior-year field work in 12-week student teaching experience
- Senior-year clinically supervised field experience is specialized classrooms for students with significant physical, intellectual, social and behavioral difficulties
- Education department student work study
Learn more about the Department of Education
The Department of Education is housed in the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences. Learn more about the Department of Education by visiting our website, or check out some of the distinctives below.
- All full-time faculty hold terminal degrees.
- Faculty members are dedicated Christian scholars who mentor students through advising, field experience observations and open-door office hours. Student/professor conversations are welcome, easy and frequent.
- Faculty are involved in scholarship and publication through professional conferences, journals and books.
- Faculty have strong long-term relationships with local school districts, essential for positive field experiences and sufficient teaching.
- Presentations at state, nation, and international conferences, including co-presenting collaborative research with students.